Civil Society / Local Issues

Nara Medical University Launches Medicine-Based Town Research Institute

November 17, 2017

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Nara Medical University Launches Medicine-Based Town Research Institute

Nara Medical University announced on October 12, 2016, that it has launched the...
 
Nishiawakura's Initiative Based on People Discovering Their Own Desires

October 21, 2017

Newsletter

 

Nishiawakura's Initiative Based on People Discovering Their Own Desires

Nishiawakura is a "village" (Japanese "mura," essentially a rural district) lo...
 
Residents Protect Local Livelihoods by Funding Local Shops: Some Examples in Japan

October 10, 2017

Newsletter

 

Residents Protect Local Livelihoods by Funding Local Shops: Some Examples in Japan

Imagine all the shops disappearing from where we live; what could we do on suc...
 
Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement: A Report on Japan's Round Table for Studying Energy Situations

September 29, 2017

Newsletter

 

Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement: A Report on Japan's Round Table for Studying Energy Situations

To launch discussions on the nation's Strategic Energy Plan, Japan's Agency fo...
 
NPO Kids' Door Supports Learning to Help Kids Escape from Poverty

September 16, 2017

Well-Being

 

NPO Kids' Door Supports Learning to Help Kids Escape from Poverty

Kids' Door was established in January 2007 to support children in Japan. The J...
 
1% Support Program in Ichinomiya City: Citizens Decide How to Use Their Tax Money

September 11, 2017

Newsletter

 

1% Support Program in Ichinomiya City: Citizens Decide How to Use Their Tax Money

In many communities, activities are carried out by citizens for citizens, such...
 
Locally Produced Food in School Lunches----A Challenge by Nyuzen, Japan

August 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

Locally Produced Food in School Lunches----A Challenge by Nyuzen, Japan

Japan has various school lunch programs in effect nationwide that involve adva...
 
Collaboration Among Individuals Strengthens Communities: Reflections on the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

August 27, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Collaboration Among Individuals Strengthens Communities: Reflections on the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly feature in the Toky...
 
Learning from Pollution Experience, Kitakyushu Now Promotes Sustainable Society in Asia

August 22, 2017

Newsletter

 

Learning from Pollution Experience, Kitakyushu Now Promotes Sustainable Society in Asia

Kitakyushu City is located at the northern end of the island of Kyushu on the ...
 
Aiming to Build New Communities in Earthquake-Stricken Areas: Ishinomaki Jichiren's Initiatives

July 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

Aiming to Build New Communities in Earthquake-Stricken Areas: Ishinomaki Jichiren's Initiatives

Six years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011....
 
Bringing Shared Visions to Community Reconstruction

July 27, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Bringing Shared Visions to Community Reconstruction

The JKSK Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support people in Japan affected by...
 
'Share Village' Project in Japan Aims for a Million 'Villagers' to Preserve Traditional 'Kominka' Folk Houses and Culture

June 18, 2017

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

'Share Village' Project in Japan Aims for a Million 'Villagers' to Preserve Traditional 'Kominka' Folk Houses and Culture

The "Share Village" project has been ongoing in Japan since 2015, with the aim ...
 
The Zero-to-One Village Revitalization Movement in Chizu Town, Tottori Prefecture

May 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

The Zero-to-One Village Revitalization Movement in Chizu Town, Tottori Prefecture

A Japanese town often mentioned as a municipality making innovative efforts to...
 
Sustainable Community Building by Residents: Kirari Yoshijima Network

March 12, 2017

Newsletter

 

Sustainable Community Building by Residents: Kirari Yoshijima Network

All 725 households in the Yoshijima District (with a population of about 2,500...
 
Shibaura Institute of Technology Establishes Community Development Center in Collaboration with Local Companies

March 5, 2017

Education

 

Shibaura Institute of Technology Establishes Community Development Center in Collaboration with Local Companies

Shibaura Institute of Technology, a Japanese university based in Tokyo, announc...
 
Environmental Consciousness Needed in Japan's Reconstruction

January 29, 2017

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Environmental Consciousness Needed in Japan's Reconstruction

The JKSK Yui-Yui project, an initiative to support people in Japan affected by...
 
Citizen Science: How Anyone Can Be Involved in Solving Environmental and Social Issues

January 19, 2017

Newsletter

 

Citizen Science: How Anyone Can Be Involved in Solving Environmental and Social Issues

There are various environmental and social issues, the solutions to which requ...
 
Developing Quality Wood Products with Cedar from Fukushima Disaster-Affected Area

December 26, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Developing Quality Wood Products with Cedar from Fukushima Disaster-Affected Area

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly feature in the Toky...
 
Hamamatsu City Making Strides toward Energy Self-Sufficient Smart City

December 10, 2016

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Hamamatsu City Making Strides toward Energy Self-Sufficient Smart City

Hamamatsu, a city in Shizuoka Prefecture that has been actively working to ach...
 
Community Currency 'Bunji' Changing the Way Money is Used

October 31, 2016

Newsletter

 

Community Currency 'Bunji' Changing the Way Money is Used

Japan is a convenient society. People can go shopping without speaking at all....
 
What are the Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life? From Japan's Longest-Lived Prefecture, Nagano

September 30, 2016

Newsletter

 

What are the Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life? From Japan's Longest-Lived Prefecture, Nagano

Building a society with a healthy lifestyle, where even the elderly can lead a...
 
Offshore Wind Farms Installed Soon in Japan Sea, while Geothermal, Biomass Rise in Akita

September 26, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Offshore Wind Farms Installed Soon in Japan Sea, while Geothermal, Biomass Rise in Akita

Projects are underway to construct offshore wind farms at three sites off the ...
 
Community Building through Local Money Circulation Analysis -- The Case of Minamata, Japan

September 11, 2016

Newsletter

 

Community Building through Local Money Circulation Analysis -- The Case of Minamata, Japan

Overcoming a Shrinking Local Economy The ability to make local economies more ...
 
Renewable Energy on the Rise in Japan: 100 Self-sufficient Municipalities, Oita Largest Prefectural Supplier by Self-sufficiency Ratio

September 4, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Renewable Energy on the Rise in Japan: 100 Self-sufficient Municipalities, Oita Largest Prefectural Supplier by Self-sufficiency Ratio

As more renewable sources are added to the electricity grid in Japan, the rati...
 
Auto Sales Industry Cooperates to Tackle Social Responsibility: Examples from Yamagata, Japan

August 14, 2016

Newsletter

 

Auto Sales Industry Cooperates to Tackle Social Responsibility: Examples from Yamagata, Japan

Cars are a necessity of life for people who live outside of major cities. At t...
 
Marginal Community, Urban Citizens, College Students Collaborate for Kodomo-Shokudo Project

July 29, 2016

Newsletter

 

Marginal Community, Urban Citizens, College Students Collaborate for Kodomo-Shokudo Project

It has been just over a year since I started the Edahiro Laboratory, working w...
 
Fukushima Renewable Future Fund Established to Build Brighter Future

July 27, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Fukushima Renewable Future Fund Established to Build Brighter Future

The Fukushima Renewable Future Fund was established on February 4, 2016, to ser...
 
Agricultural Products as Another Pillar

July 23, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Agricultural Products as Another Pillar

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article that appea...
 
Tohoku and the World: 5 Years Since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

June 30, 2016

Newsletter

 

Tohoku and the World: 5 Years Since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Starting in August 2015, JFS has been organizing meetup events to discuss sust...
 
The Story of Japan's First Citizen-Funded Wind Power Plant: The Path to Success

June 23, 2016

Newsletter

 

The Story of Japan's First Citizen-Funded Wind Power Plant: The Path to Success

After working for a municipality and a consumers' co-op, Toru Suzuki started a...
 
Organic Itabashi Cotton Makes Full Circle Back to Hirono Town as Part of Disaster Reconstruction Efforts

June 16, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Organic Itabashi Cotton Makes Full Circle Back to Hirono Town as Part of Disaster Reconstruction Efforts

The Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is an article series in t...
 
Passing on the Wishes for Peace Embodied in Paper Cranes

May 23, 2016

NGO / Citizen

 

Passing on the Wishes for Peace Embodied in Paper Cranes

More than 70 years have passed since an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. ...
 
Once Desolate, Now Attracting Attention as a Successful Farming Village: Kawakami, Nagano Prefecture

May 20, 2016

Newsletter

 

Once Desolate, Now Attracting Attention as a Successful Farming Village: Kawakami, Nagano Prefecture

Kawakami in the Minamisaku district of Nagano Prefecture in central Japan is a...
 
Local Governments in Japan are Entering Power Retail Business as Country Shifts to Locally Produced Renewable Energy

May 5, 2016

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Local Governments in Japan are Entering Power Retail Business as Country Shifts to Locally Produced Renewable Energy

A new movement is spreading across Japan that could change the country's exist...
 
'Community Car Sharing' Supports the Bond of Mutual Aid

April 28, 2016

Newsletter

 

'Community Car Sharing' Supports the Bond of Mutual Aid

Even before the disaster, Japan's Tohoku (northeastern) region had many areas ...
 
Miyama City Smart Community Wins 2015 Good Design Gold Award

April 25, 2016

Energy Policy

 

Miyama City Smart Community Wins 2015 Good Design Gold Award

Miyama City, Fukuoka Prefecture, announced on October 30, 2015, that its MIYAMA...
 
Tour Company Provides Immersive Learning Experience in Disaster-hit Areas

April 11, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Tour Company Provides Immersive Learning Experience in Disaster-hit Areas

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article published...
 
Takanabe Town's Challenge: Crowdfunding Public Light Art

March 13, 2016

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Takanabe Town's Challenge: Crowdfunding Public Light Art

A community council of Takanabe, Miyazaki Prefecture, has taken on the challeng...
 
Villagers Use Hand-Made Canals and Their Own Money to Generate Micro-Hydropower

February 29, 2016

Newsletter

 

Villagers Use Hand-Made Canals and Their Own Money to Generate Micro-Hydropower

Itoshiro is a village located in Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture, right next to Fuk...
 
NPO Bank 'of the People, by the People, for the People'

February 18, 2016

Newsletter

 

NPO Bank 'of the People, by the People, for the People'

We need a certain amount of money to make our daily living. In particular, sta...
 
A Look Back at Earth Parade 2015 in Tokyo, Kyoto: Momentum Built for Success at COP21

February 15, 2016

Climate Change

 

A Look Back at Earth Parade 2015 in Tokyo, Kyoto: Momentum Built for Success at COP21

The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is an issue that needs to be tackled...
 
Using the Circulation of Local Money to Recover the Economy and Population (Part 2): Research Shows the Benefits of 'Taking Back' Rural Revenues

January 29, 2016

Newsletter

 

Using the Circulation of Local Money to Recover the Economy and Population (Part 2): Research Shows the Benefits of 'Taking Back' Rural Revenues

In the last JFS Newsletter, the December 2015 issue, we introduced the 1% Rura...
 
WWF Japan Calls for More Sustainable 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

January 17, 2016

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

WWF Japan Calls for More Sustainable 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

International environmental preservation organization the World Wide Fund For ...
 
Using the Circulation of Local Money to Recover the Economy and Population (Part 1): Featuring the 1% Rural Recovery Strategy and the 'Local Multiplier 3' Effect

January 11, 2016

Newsletter

 

Using the Circulation of Local Money to Recover the Economy and Population (Part 1): Featuring the 1% Rural Recovery Strategy and the 'Local Multiplier 3' Effect

Japan for Sustainability (JFS) has been working on its Local Well-Being Projec...
 
Aiming for Happiest Marginal Community in Japan through Renewable Energy

December 28, 2015

Newsletter

 

Aiming for Happiest Marginal Community in Japan through Renewable Energy

Japan has entered a period of rapid population decline. If the trend continues...
 
Community Happy Solar!

November 28, 2015

Newsletter

 

Community Happy Solar!

The Tokushima Regional Energy General Incorporated Association (TREGIA) is a b...
 
Toward a Happier City -- Nagakute Takes on Well-being Indicator Development

November 20, 2015

Newsletter

 

Toward a Happier City -- Nagakute Takes on Well-being Indicator Development

Nagakute, in Aichi Prefecture, has been actively promoting efforts proposed by...
 
Sustainable Energy and Food Zones Grow Gradually

November 15, 2015

Renewable Energy

 

Sustainable Energy and Food Zones Grow Gradually

The Sustainable Zone Study Group, a research project jointly conducted by Kuras...
 
Greenery to Citizens! -- Urban Agriculture in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture

October 30, 2015

Newsletter

 

Greenery to Citizens! -- Urban Agriculture in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture

The city of Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture is an ordinance-designated city wi...
 
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